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When tragedy strikes, one of three things happens with our faith. We tend to grow closer to God and our faith grows stronger; we turn from God blaming Him for allowing this and doubting His love and power; or we get caught somewhere in the middle. Honestly I have to admit that I was lost somewhere in the middle for awhile.

After my husband’s accident, I drew close to God, leaning on Him in those difficult days when it was hard to see my husband in the man that Traumatic Brain Injury had created and to watch him struggle with changes he could not control.

Then a year later I was shocked to discover that I had Lupus, and I became lost in fear. My faith became a sort of roller coaster of highs and lows. Probably more lows than highs. I have never blamed God or felt that He had given up on me. I never stopped believing or trusting God, but I failed to seek Him which left me feeling I had to face these battles alone.

I stopped journaling, had trouble focusing on reading God’s word, and struggled to get my thoughts together at times. I was caught somewhere between fully trusting God with my life and turning my back on Him, but thankfully He never gave up on me. I always felt Him tugging at my heart wanting me to recommit to that daily walk with Him. My strength was renewed and my walk restored because of His unfailing love!

No matter what we go through, God promises to be with us. Do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9). He promises to help us and give us rest. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28). And He will always love us. Since you were precious in my sight, you have been honored, and I have loved you (Isaiah 43:4). These are just a few of the many wonderful and reassuring promises in God’s word. His love is never failing!

Even when you are stuck somewhere in the middle, He still loves you and wants you to find your way back to Him.

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She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25

A kind hearted woman gains honor. Proverbs 11:16

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26

Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

God is with her, she will not fall. Psalm 46:5

Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her. Luke 1:45

The Lord is my strength and my shield. Psalm 28:7

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged for the Lord your God is with you where you go. Joshua 1:9

Under His wings you will find refuge. Psalm 9:1

Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Philippians 4:6-8

By the grace of God, I am what I am. 1 Corinthians 15:10

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14

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And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.  Hebrews 6:25

We live in a fast-paced world with instant messaging, faxing, cell phones, fast food restaurants, and drive-thru windows.  Just about anything you need or want can be acquired much quicker than a few decades ago.  I especially enjoy drive-thru windows – fast food, the bank, the pharmacy, anything available.  The quicker I can get what I want and back on the road, the happier I am.  There are few things for which we must wait.  Patience is a virtue that many of us have forgotten.

“I will surely bless you and make your descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore” (Genesis 22:17).  In Abraham’s mind, he knew he was very old, but in his heart and soul, he trusted God’s promise and continued to have faith.  Although he never saw the descendents as numerous as the stars, Abraham did receive the initial part of the promise, which was Isaac.  He did not realize the fullness of the promise, but he did receive a son through whom many descendents would follow.  Abraham never saw the promise completely fulfilled, but he did continue to live in faith until he died.  The remainder of God’s promise of descendents as numerous as the stars was not fulfilled until after Abraham’s death.

As we see with Abraham, God’s promises are not fulfilled at the drive-thru window, as we would prefer.  We must instead wait for God to fulfill His promises in His own time.  “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness (2 Peter 3:9).  Waiting is very difficult, and time seems to stand still.  However, compared to eternity, our lives are just a mere speck in time.  God knows what is best for us, and He knows the perfect moment.  “I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry” (Psalms 40:1).  Do not get discouraged and think that God will not come through.  Have the patience of Abraham, and you will be blessed.

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